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PIECES OF EIGHT: Antonio Marras, who, in addition to his namesake brand, is also creative director of Kenzo, is working on a big project. The Sardinian designer, known for his theatrical runway sets, will add a fashionable touch to the upcoming G8 political meeting scheduled to be held in July on the Mediterranean island of La Maddalena, off the coast of Sardinia. According to sources, Marras will be in charge of designing the suites where President Barack Obama and other heads of state will be lodging, in addition to common areas at the G8. BARNEYS’ ENDORSEMENT: Partisanship has paid off for Barneys New York. The retailer, which wore its choice for president on its luxurious sleeve prior to the election, could hardly contain itself Tuesday when Michelle Obama wore an Isabel Toledo ensemble to her husband’s inauguration. “Dawn Brown, our vice president of public relations, called me from the inauguration saying, ‘Get the Isabel Toledo in the windows,’” said Barneys creative director Simon Doonan. “Ruben [the designer’s husband] and Isabel are scrambling to get us samples. It’s going to be an Isabel Toledo homage. I’m sort of annoyed that Michelle Obama has spring merchandise before us.” The retailer carries Toledo’s collection exclusively in Manhattan. Michelle Obama has a relationship with her hometown Barneys in Chicago. “Both she and her husband were customers at Barneys before he became a candidate,” Doonan said. “She wore a Barneys New York Collection suit when he got the nomination. She’s a Barneys girl.” HUDSON RIVER FLIGHT TRIBUTE: Kenneth Cole is ever a fan of do-gooders, billboards and puns, all of which he combined in a tribute to the US Airways flight that landed safely in the Hudson River last week. On Tuesday morning, the designer put up this billboard on the West Side Highway: “In tough times, some land on their feet (others on the Hudson). — Kenneth Cole. Thank you to the pilots, crew, and N.Y.ers for all that you did, and all that you do.” SHIRT TALES: Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani hosted an intimate presentation for new London-based T-shirt label Doodski on Tuesday evening in Milan at sister Carla’s boutique, 10 Corso Como. “Each T is reversible so you can turn it over if you spill spaghetti on it,” said Swiss-born designer Andrea Sabrier of the summer 2009 collection, inspired by Romonov Russia. Diesel founder Renzo Rosso stopped by to check out the new competition, while socialite Beatrice Borromeo had other ideas. “[The T-shirts] are perfect for stealing from your boyfriend,” she said, motioning to her beau, Pierre Casiraghi. FOR PETE’S SAKE: Pop Artist Sir Peter Blake showed a retrospective of collages and tracings at Milan’s Galleria Lorenzelli alongside Woolen Mills’ fall men’s collection during Milan Men’s Fashion Week. “It’s an interesting combination,” he admitted. The artist said he had been busy recently, designing the carpets for the new revamped Law Lords building in London; a fabric for Stella McCartney — of a crowd scene; a T-shirt for Marni, and a tapestry for The Rug Co.
A GUY THING: In between production of a Rumble Strips album and a remix of King of Leon works, music meister Mark Ronson took a day off to attend the Gucci show — given his newfound passion for clothes. Wearing a slim brick-brown corduroy suit, Ronson said he got GQ’s Jim Nelson with Thom Browne hooked on fashion more and Italo Zucchelli. than a year ago when he did a shoot for GQ. “I said to myself, ‘I want to start dressing like that!’” Speaking of GQ, the magazine’s party Saturday gave designers a chance to unwind, and catch up with each other. Thom Browne, for example, was locked in conversation at the bar with Italo Zucchelli of Angela Missoni Calvin Klein Collection. Neil Barrett and Bruno Ragazzi “I’ve never been [in Milan] during this week before,” said Browne, in town to launch Moncler Gamme Bleu. “It’s exciting and so different from New York.” Zucchelli, who for this season is showing in New York instead of Milan, said, “It’s so nice to be here without having to show, and be able to just see my friends. But get ready for New York....” Angela Missoni came with her husband and sometime design inspiration, Bruno Ragazzi. “Can he be in my picture? Because it’s the men’s season, after all,” she said to a photographer. Designers Nick Hart, Brian Atwood of Bally, Ennio Capasa of Costume National, Massimilliano Giornetti of Salvatore Ferragamo and Graeme Fidler of Aquascutum also made appearances.
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FAN MALE: Inter Milan soccer stars Luis Figo, Francesco Toldo and Julio Ricardo Cruz warmed the benches at Versace’s show Monday night. “Soccer may not be for everyone, but fashion surely is,” said Cruz, adding that Donatella Versace was “a very strong” Inter fan. Figo, a former teammate of David Beckham’s during his spell at Real Madrid, said he was looking forward to meeting his old pal, who is now on loan from the L.A. Galaxy at Milan rivals AC Milan — on or off the pitch. “I haven’t seen him yet, but I would like to,” Figo said.